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Iranian film wins Indian honour
Indian Film Festival
The film festival took place in the beachside state of Goa
Iranian picture Beautiful City has won the main prize at the International Film Festival of India.

The film, which tells the story of a man on death row, won the Golden Peacock for best Asian movie.

Director Asghar Farhadi's film was described as "a masterpiece of wisdom and humility" by a member of the jury.

The festival has taken place in India for 35 years, moving this year from the capital Delhi to the popular tourist resort of Goa.

Beautiful City's lead actor, Faramarz Gharibian, was awarded the Silver Peacock for his role in the film.

Beautiful Boxer

Winning director Farhadi said he "cannot imagine a world without cinema" when he collected the honour.

The film is only the second feature from Farhadi, who also took writing credits for both releases.

Thai film-maker Ekachai Uekrongtham was also commended for his picture Beautiful Boxer, which tells the true story of a fighter who underwent a male to female sex change operation.

Some 2,000 delegates from 40 countries attended the festival.






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